SUPER SATURDAY 2 June 2018 at 3pm…. The theatre is Meadows at Michaelhouse… It’s House vs Maritzburg College first XV…
1987 Maritzburg College & SA Schools flyhalf and wicketkeeper/batsman Udo Goedeke – one of the handful of dual SA Schools rugby players and cricketers (the Red Black and White have 3 – Udo, Mally Thompson and Adrian Penzhorn) tells KZN10.com about the 1986 Meadows muscle-up as if it happened yesterday:
THE FLYHALVES’ GARDEN: Udo Goedeke and son Kent earlier this year. Kent will be playing 10 for the Maritzburg College U16A’s vs coach Andre van Wyk’s Michaelhouse line-up at 12.30pm on Meadows tomorrow.
“Michaelhouse have always been great opposition… fair, clean… we’ve had lots of fun.
“Playing them on Meadows in 86, Michaelhouse had a strong team – 5 or 6 Natal Schools’ players – and were certainly the favourites. I think they sensed victory and all their regulars were keen to play. Injury and illness meant quite a few had to pass late fitness tests.
“It was very close at halftime – we lead 9-6… The second half was incredible… centre (SA Schools and later Natal and Transvaal) Jeremy Thompson really turned it on for us, it turned into the Jeremy Thompson Show – he ripped their defence apart.
“The College team’s contribution was awesome… It was a massive second half for us… To be fair I think the Michaelhouse injury and illness concerns pre-game was a contributing factor – they faded badly in that second half.
My opposing 10 was Mark Olivier, a very good all-round sportsman. We had lots of friendly tussles on the cricket and rugby fields.
“That was 32 years ago. A lot of the Michaelhouse/Maritzburg College guys that year are still good mates… That’s what is so special about KZN schoolboy sport, brings people together, long may it continue.
“Here’s to wishing all the Michaelhouse and Maritzburg College boys – whatever the team and whether rugby or hockey – everything of the best tomorrow.”
Thanks Udo – spoken like the sportsman you are; a guy who appreciates & understands the real value of sport.